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Create an ETD Using Adobe Acrobat

Lesson 2: Create a PDF File

Create a PDF File

Now that you’ve seen what an ETD looks like and how to browse the contents, it’s
time to learn how to convert your own thesis or dissertation into a PDF file. There Tip
are several different options for doing this, and all require that you have a copy Exercise 1 and
of Adobe® Acrobat® Standard or Professional installed on your computer. Adobe Exercise 2 produce
Reader, which is freely available for downloading from many Internet sites, can only the same result.
be used to read a PDF file. You cannot use it to create a PDF file. Choose the one that
works best for you.
In this lesson, you will learn how to:

1. Create a PDF using PDFMaker from within Microsoft® Word


2. Create a PDF using the Print command
3. Combine multiple files

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Create an ETD Using Adobe Acrobat
Lesson 2: Create a PDF File

Exercise 1 – Create a PDF Using PDFMaker

In this exercise, you will learn how to use PDFMaker to convert a View Demo
Microsoft Word document to a PDF file.

1. Start Microsoft Word and open your thesis or dissertation.

2. Look at the toolbars at the top of the window. Notice there are two areas Tip
related to Acrobat PDFMaker: The Acrobat 7 installer
• The Adobe PDF and Acrobat Comment menus scans your system for
• The Acrobat icons a copy of Microsoft
Office 98 or later, and
if found, automatically
loads PDFMaker. This
is the macro that
allows you to create
PDFs from Word as
well as Excel and
PowerPoint.

3. Click the Adobe PDF menu and choose Change Conversion Settings. If you do not see
Acrobat PDFMaker in
Microsoft Word, go
4. The Adobe PDFMaker dialog box opens. It contains four tabs with a
to Exercise 2 to use
number of different options. the Print command to
create a PDF file.
5. To create an ETD, choose Standard from the Conversion Settings
pop-up menu on the Settings tab.

6. The View Adobe PDF results option should also be checked to ensure
that the converted file will display automatically. Next, look under the
Application Settings heading and verify that the Add Links To Adobe
PDF option is checked so that any hyperlinks in your document will be
automatically converted to Acrobat links.

Tip
The default settings
will create an ETD.
Click the Restore
Defaults button to
make sure that the
defaults are selected
or click the Advanced
Settings button and
click the appropriate
tabs to make sure
fonts are embedded or
to change image or
color settings.

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Lesson 2: Create a PDF File

7. Click OK to save your settings.

8. You are ready to convert your thesis or dissertation to an Acrobat PDF


file. Click the Adobe PDF menu and choose Convert To Adobe PDF, or,
alternatively, click the Convert To Adobe PDF button.

9. When prompted, type a file name (or accept the default name suggested
by Microsoft Word), and click Save.

10. When the conversion is complete, your document will automatically open
in Acrobat, and you can check to see how it looks.

Continue to Exercise 2

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Create an ETD Using Adobe Acrobat
Lesson 2: Create a PDF File

Exercise 2 – Create a PDF Using the Print Command

In this exercise, you will learn how to use the Print command to convert View Demo
a Microsoft Word document to a PDF file. If you use a different word
processor, you should easily be able to duplicate the steps described below.
Your application must simply be capable of producing printed output.

1. Start Microsoft Word and open your thesis or dissertation.

2. Choose Print from the File menu.

3. The Print dialog box opens. Choose Adobe PDF from the pop-up menu
under Printer.

4. To set your print options, click the Properties button.

5. Click the Adobe PDF Settings tab. Notice that it contains a number of
different settings.

6. For an ETD, choose Standard from the Default Settings menu.

7. Verify that the View Adobe PDF results option is checked so that the
converted file will display automatically.

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Lesson 2: Create a PDF File

8. Click OK in the Document Properties dialog box to save your settings.

9. To continue to convert your dissertation or thesis to an Acrobat PDF file,


click OK in the Print dialog box.

10. When prompted, type a file name (or accept the default name suggested
by Word). Note that the default file extension is .pdf. Click Save.

11. When the conversion is complete, your document will automatically open
in Acrobat, and you can check to see how it looks.

Continue to Exercise 3

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Create an ETD Using Adobe Acrobat
Lesson 2: Create a PDF File

Exercise 3 – Combine Multiple Files

In this exercise you will see how to combine two or more PDF files View Demo
into a single document. By using a single command you can quickly
combine multiple files.

1. Using the instructions in Exercise 1 or 2, convert all the documents


you want to merge to PDF files.

2. Start Adobe Acrobat.

3. From the File menu, choose Create PDF, then choose From
Multiple Files.

4. A new dialog box opens so that you can add the files you want to
combine. Click the Browse button, navigate to each file, and click
the Add button to select it.

5. When you have listed all the files to be included, use the Move Up and
Move Down buttons to rearrange the order of the files or the Remove
button to delete a particular file.

6. To merge the selected documents, click OK.

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